With magnificent beaches, impressive archaeological ruins, charming villages and a restaurant renaissance, there’s a lot to love about Calabria. The fact that it is a lesser-known region of Italy makes it a draw for Hideaway Report readers. Our writer recently visited and found two hotels of merit.
Set amid magnificent terraced gardens that overlook the Marina di Tropea, this handsome clifftop villa was created from a 16th-century convent. Inviting public spaces are tastefully appointed with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture, well-stocked bookshelves and stylish artwork and give the property the aura of a private home owned by a cultivated Italian family. Most of the 11 guest lodgings come with striped headboards, velvet seating units, white walls, high ceilings and private balconies or terraces. The Hammam Suite is augmented by a separate living area and a mosaic hammam. Extensive orchards and gardens supply the villa’s restaurant. The hotel also encompasses an infinity pool offering spectacular sea views and a solarium terrace. Guests under 18 are not permitted.
From the editor: The hotel’s affable front desk staff arranged an excursion aboard a private yacht along the azure Costa degli Dei. Once out at sea, we dived overboard for an invigorating swim and came up to find canapés and chilled Spumante waiting for us.
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Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Situated at the edge of the spectacular Isola di Capo Rizzuto marine reserve, this resort occupies a series of whitewashed villas and is surrounded by immaculately tended gardens. At the heart of the property is a swimming pool shaded by umbrella pines and flanked by a casual restaurant and bar. The hotel also houses Michelin-starred, dinner-only Pietramare Natural Food, which serves traditional Calabrian dishes, prepared with a contemporary twist. The excellent wine list showcases bottles by little-known vintners in the region. The 30 guest accommodations are appointed with wood carvings, painted terra-cotta tile floors and wrought-iron accents, all handcrafted by local artisans. The property does not permit children under 12.
From the editor: The welcome was cordial and efficient, and a friendly young staff member offered us a brief tour of the property. Pietramare Natural Food is one of the best restaurants in Calabria.
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